[By Fiona Li]
1. Stop touching your face
Researchers who observed 249 people in public areas and subways in two cities found that the average person touches communal surfaces about three times an hour, and touches her own mouth or nose even more frequently. That’s a problem, because viruses and bacteria enter the body through mucus membranes in your nostrils, mouth, and eyes. When you scratch your nose or rub your eyes, you hand-deliver the germs you’ve picked up from touching common surfaces, and increase your risk of infection. And because any object you touch between hand-washings can contaminate your hands, experts say the solution isn’t just washing more, but also touching your face less.
This goes for ladies who are concerned with blemishes on their faces. The more you pick at your zits, the higher the chance of skin infection and acne scarring. The message from medical professionals is loud and clear: Hands off!
“I always tell my patients to stop fussing over their face as this inevitably makes their skin worse. If they have a skin problem such as an acne outbreak, opt for some topical acne creams or even a deep pore cleansing facial, then hands off! This will give their skin time to heal and recover in their own time. If their problem persists, then it’s time to seek a health professional’s advice” says Dr Toby Hui from The Sloane Clinic.
Dr Toby’s pick for soothing troubling skin outbreaks: Sloane Inc. Clarity. Click here to read more..
2. Don’t forget the sunscreen
I know it’s tempting to skip out of the house sans sunscreen, especially on a cloudy or windy day. However, you may be doing your skin a great disservice. UV rays are present even on cloudy days or when you are indoors as UV rays can penetrate cloud cover and glass windows. Your best bet is topical sun protection.
While pigmentation and uneven skin tone are some of the visible effects of UV rays, other detrimental changes to the skin include loss of skin elasticity, acceleration of skin ageing and poor skin healing.
Sunscreen formulations are now made in so many innovative forms that there is a perfect formulation for almost everyone. Choose one that suits your skin type and stick with it daily; you may not see the results now but you will definitely thank us in ten years.
For ladies who desire sunscreen with complexion enhancing properties, opt for a BB cream that is a multi-tasking tinted sunscreen with skin benefits such as Sloane Inc’s BB cream that comes in anti-acne or anti-pigment formulations. Click here to read more..
3. Drink up
Water is often overlooked as a vital part of our diet, but in fact, drinking plenty of cold, clear water is essential for our health and, in fact, for our very survival. You can live much longer without food than you can without water. Water is an important part of all body functions and processes, including digestion and elimination. When you’re on a diet, water also acts as a weight loss aid because it can help you eat less.
“Drinking water is important during weight loss because it provides hydration without unwanted calories. Drinking non-caloric fluids like water before or with a meal can help a dieter feel full sooner,” explains Dr Chua Han Boon from The Sloane Clinic. “Drinking water also helps flush wastes from the body, which is especially important during times of fat metabolism and weight loss.”
If you think brushing your teeth is all you need, think again. Flossing your teeth regularly can play a vital role in your dental health. What many of these non-flossers don’t realize is that this step plays an important role in dental health. Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, floss is an interdental cleaner— it’s designed specifically to clean the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and the gums. These are places that a toothbrush can’t reach. And while antimicrobial mouthwash can kill the bacteria that form plaque, it can’t remove the stubborn tartar and bits of food that can lodge in these places.
A toothbrush works by physically removing plaque — a sticky, bacteria-laden film — from your teeth with its soft bristles. But brushing has one big drawback: A toothbrush’s bristles can’t adequately clean between the teeth or under the gums.
That’s where floss comes in. It’s a tool specifically made to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gums. Tiny particles of food can get lodged here, and plaque in this area will harden and accrete over time to form tartar, a thick deposit that only the dentist can remove with a scraper. Tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis: red, swollen gums that are the first stage of gum disease. If left unchecked, the bacteria-laden tartar and plaque can spread even deeper below the gum line, causing periodontitis: severe gum disease characterized by severe inflammation and eventual tooth and bone loss.
So if you haven’t started flossing, it’s time to start today. Click here to read more..